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Percussion Institute

The MPulse Percussion Institute is a week-long online program that exposes students to fundamentals and strategies for musical and technical growth with Michigan’s expert percussion faculty. During this week, students will have lessons, classes, and projects centered around percussion, marimba, timpani, drum set, and percussion ensemble. Additionally, we will talk about Broadway, improvisation, and how to prepare for college auditions.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in “virtual camp” experiences, including “social hours” with your fellow participants, an opportunity to talk to a current SMTD student, and an SMTD admissions session.

Unfortunately, the MPulse Percussion Institute will be cancelled for Summer 2020.  MPulse Percussion Institute 2021 applications will be available online this Fall.

U-M Faculty Director: Doug Perkins
Additional Faculty: Ian Antonio, Jeremy Epp, Michael Gould, Tom Sherwood, and other special guests


Merit Awards
MPulse awards a limited number of scholarships to extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the priority deadline.

Need-Based Awards
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. To be considered for a need-based scholarship you must complete the online need-based financial aid application by the priority deadline. To begin the process, select “Need Based Award Consideration” in the program application.

Watson Scholarship

Application open to Michigan residents.

In the spirit of the life of a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1942) and Michigan physician, the Watson A. Young Scholarship promotes academic excellence and college aspiration among students with financial need. These need-based scholarships support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.

To start an application, click here.


MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660
Email: mpulse@umich.edu